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Offline Giles86

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Knee Realignment Surgery
« on: October 29, 2008, 11:36:08 AM »
Hi guys

I'm new here and just wondered whether any of you have had knee realignment surgery?  Since June 17th '07 i've had problems with my knee thanks to a fall in a hospital, various things tried (arthroscopy, lumbar sympathectomy for the pain etc...) but nothing has worked so now i'm going for this in the next couple of weeks.

Quite worried as i'm having it done in one area but my rehab will be under a different PCT, spoke to a physio today (lower limb specialist) who told me that he didn't think the operation would work so wouldn't be beneficial to have as apparently the doc's in the north east just leave knee's like mine well alone.

So if anyone has had this done do you mind sharing your story with me?  Just what to expect, did it work etc..

Thanks for your time  :)

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Re: Knee Realignment Surgery
« Reply #1 on: October 29, 2008, 03:48:49 PM »
Did the OS give a name for the type of surgery you had done?  There are several kinds of relignment surgery out there.
'83 lt knee scope
'88 lt knee LR
'89 rt knee LR (6 mos. after left)
'05 rt knee scope (clean up)
7/5/07 - scope, LR left, right clean
3/19/08 - LR failed, Supartz failed
http://www.kneeguru.co.uk/KNEEtalk/index.php?topic=47974.0
8/21/08 - new OS apt
8/5/09 - TTT, LR, PFJR sched.

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Re: Knee Realignment Surgery
« Reply #2 on: October 29, 2008, 10:44:26 PM »
Not that I can remember mentioned that it would involve putting a plate down the left hand side of my knee to stop it dislocating and breaking the leg to realign it with screws.

I'm not much use I know

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Re: Knee Realignment Surgery
« Reply #3 on: October 30, 2008, 01:16:46 PM »
Ouch!  Sound like a TTT of some kind?  Not sure.  I am having a TTT and patellofemoral partial knee replacement next year sometime.  If they are breaking or cutting bone you will likely be unable to put weight on it for a while and may be in an imobilizer.  One piece of advice, no matter what surgery they do, a lift on the toilet seat will be a wonderful thing.  Wish I had one for my last surgery.  You may want to call the OS office and talk to the nurse or someone about what the surgery entails.  Maybe they can send you something written (maybe not).

Milly
'83 lt knee scope
'88 lt knee LR
'89 rt knee LR (6 mos. after left)
'05 rt knee scope (clean up)
7/5/07 - scope, LR left, right clean
3/19/08 - LR failed, Supartz failed
http://www.kneeguru.co.uk/KNEEtalk/index.php?topic=47974.0
8/21/08 - new OS apt
8/5/09 - TTT, LR, PFJR sched.

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Re: Knee Realignment Surgery
« Reply #4 on: October 30, 2008, 02:32:11 PM »
Hi Milly

TTT sounds about right from reading i've done on the internet since reading your post.  thank you very much for your help!  I will look into the toilet seat lift, it's a really good idea and something that i would never have thought of.

I guess i was just more worried with the physio saying he didn't think it would work, but they wouldn't do an operation for no reason would they?

Cheers

Gillian

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Re: Knee Realignment Surgery
« Reply #5 on: October 31, 2008, 12:47:23 PM »
Hi Gillian,

I would not have thought of the lift for the toilet either, but I had both knees scoped last time and sure wished I had one!  For the next surgery I will be in a full leg imobilizer for 2-4 weeks.  I've worn one before and it's a bit tricky getting into a seated postion.

No I don't think they do surgeries without a reason.  Maybe see if the PT can explain why he thinks it won't work.

Just some other things to do before surgery.  Get your house prepared.  Make sure you have clear paths to the bathroom, bedroom etc.  If you sleep on the second floor, you may want to make up something on the first floor for a week or two.  I have a backback I cannot do without.  I put everything in it to lug around.  Carrying items with crutches is not so easy.  I would get up in the morning and fill it with pain meds, snacks, a trash bag, drinks (with lids) and go camp out in the family room on the couch.  Much easier to toss the pack on and grab the crutches.

Milly
'83 lt knee scope
'88 lt knee LR
'89 rt knee LR (6 mos. after left)
'05 rt knee scope (clean up)
7/5/07 - scope, LR left, right clean
3/19/08 - LR failed, Supartz failed
http://www.kneeguru.co.uk/KNEEtalk/index.php?topic=47974.0
8/21/08 - new OS apt
8/5/09 - TTT, LR, PFJR sched.

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Re: Knee Realignment Surgery
« Reply #6 on: November 18, 2008, 12:14:05 AM »
Hi Milly

Thanks, that's good advice about the bag, have one sorted out for the hospital but not one for the house afterwards.  Going to clean tomorrow so everything is sorted as having the op on saturday.  Very nervous about it.

Thanks again for all your help

Gilliian

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Re: Knee Realignment Surgery
« Reply #7 on: November 18, 2008, 12:45:45 AM »
Other things to consider are a chair for your shower and an extended hose for your shower head. I couldn't live without either of those after my PKR. Not showering is not an option for me.

Here's a site with some nifty doodads. I got my shower chair from here:

http://www.medcareproducts.com/castcovers/

These are cool attachments for crutches:

http://www.thecrutchbag.com/

I'm not sure if they deliver to the UK and I'm not even sure if that's where you are, but it will give you some good ideas.


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Re: Knee Realignment Surgery
« Reply #8 on: November 18, 2008, 04:25:28 AM »
You said it involved a plate. Could it possibly be the Rotational Surgery that Amberle and Cat had?

http://www.kneeguru.co.uk/KNEEtalk/index.php?topic=43836.0

http://www.kneeguru.co.uk/KNEEtalk/index.php?topic=39065.0

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3/5/09 Right Distal Femoral Osteotomy for Patella Alignment 
11/19/09 Left DFO for Patella Alignment.

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Re: Knee Realignment Surgery
« Reply #9 on: November 18, 2008, 11:10:24 PM »
My guess from what you wrote is that is sounds more like a HTO instead of a TTT.
A TTT is to realign the patella, a HTO to realign the leg. First one is done to correct patellar tracking and stop patellar dislocations/subluxing, second one is done to prevent further arthrosis in a specific compartment of the knee (either medial or lateral).

had a TTT, 100% happy with the results, knee is fantastic now!!

How are you doing now and what's the decision?

Hope this helps, Helena
Bilat patellar malalignment/PFdysplasia
00/06/83 L wrist #
11/12/00 L knee LR + chondroplasty
21/08/02 L knee TTT
02/03/04 L knee stretched PCL
11/09/07 L ankle dislocation/medial avulsion #
25/05/09 L ankle medial avulsion # AGAIN!
05/06/13 R ankle dislocation

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Re: Knee Realignment Surgery
« Reply #10 on: November 19, 2008, 02:43:06 PM »
Gillian,

Good luck getting everything together.  I know having as much as possible in place at home helped so much.  I second the shower items.  Wish I would have had a shower chair last time. I had to take a really long nap after my first shower, it wore me out, but I just had to have one.  Take care.

Milly
'83 lt knee scope
'88 lt knee LR
'89 rt knee LR (6 mos. after left)
'05 rt knee scope (clean up)
7/5/07 - scope, LR left, right clean
3/19/08 - LR failed, Supartz failed
http://www.kneeguru.co.uk/KNEEtalk/index.php?topic=47974.0
8/21/08 - new OS apt
8/5/09 - TTT, LR, PFJR sched.















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